McConnell: ‘Democrats Literally Obsess Over Impeachment and Obstruct Everything Else’

By Melanie Arter | December 6, 2019 | 11:44am EST
(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday accused Democrats of obstruction, complaining that they are holding up critical legislation that funds the military among other things in lieu of pursuing the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“For weeks now, Republicans have been asking Democrats to take off their impeachment blinders and let Congress legislate for the American people. We’ve argued that American families deserve better than this partisan paralysis where Democrats literally obsess over impeachment and obstruct everything else,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that she was recommending that articles of impeachment be drawn up against Trump, she mentioned nothing about the “outstanding legislation the American people actually need, nothing on USMCA or the NDAA or funding for our armed forces,” the majority leader said.

“Only in this town, Madam President, only in Washington does anybody think it’s okay for our armed forces to go unfunded and a major trade deal to go unpassed, because Democrats are too busy hosting a panel of law professors, hosting a panel of law professors to criticize President Trump on television instead of the things the American people actually need us to address now,” McConnell said.

“Now the Kentuckians I represent cannot believe our military commanders are being denied certainty, our men and women in uniform are being denied stable funding, and 176,000 new American jobs are being held up, all because Democratic leadership thinks there is more political advantage in obstruction than in doing their job,” he said.

“Well, the service members and personnel in the Kentucky National Guard at Fort Campbell, Fort Knox, and the Bluegrass Army Depot aren’t going to simply stop doing their jobs. No, they are counting on us to pass critical defense legislation that reforms housing and spousal employment programs, invests in construction readiness and modernization, and locks in - listen to this - the largest pay raise in a decade,” McConnell said.

"These bills touch every single state, and of course, there are major national and international issues at stake as well, but Democrats are still holding the NDAA hostage for a partisan wish list that is meant to appease trial lawyers, public sector unions, and their own far left base,” the majority leader said.

McConnell also criticized Pelosi for traveling to Spain to discuss climate change at the UN climate summit.

In the meantime, as if to underscore the Democrats’ top priority is performance art for coastal elites and not the people’s business, I understand the speaker of the House spent part of this weekend in Madrid, in Madrid, talking about climate change. She took an international flight to discuss carbon emissions. 

So the speaker was in Spain lamenting President Trump’s decision to pull us out of the Paris Agreement. Maybe she pitched her conference Green New Deal, their socialist plan to hurt our economy while bigger emitters like China go roaring right by. As an aside, over the past 15 years, the U.S. carbon emissions have actually fallen significantly. We appear to be on track for another decline in 2019.

Meanwhile, Paris Agreement signatories like China and India continue to emit more and more every year. China already emits roughly twice as much as the U.S., and they’re increasing every year. Kentucky and many other states know exactly what happens when Washington Democrats ignore these facts and decide America needs to take on a unilateral economic pain for no meaningful change in global emissions. We’re still trying to recover from Democrats’ last war on coal.

We certainly don’t need Speaker Pelosi to promise the Europeans she is going to start a new one. So, Madam President, working Americans and their families are not well served by Democrats’ political performance art. 


What Americans really need are results, McConnell said.

“The only path to results is bipartisan legislation, and fortunately, it’s a well-trodden one. There are 58 consecutive annual defense authorizations to prove it. Always in the past, we have been able to overcome these partisan differences and go forward, and there’s a bipartisan bicameral agreement that the speaker and the Democratic leader signed just a few months ago to help them find their way back to the table. The agreement needs to be honored. I hope they do so sometime soon,” he said.


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